Daily Deviation Week
So you have discovered the wonderful world of pixel art and want to create your own
But you don't know where to start or what techniques you might need to learn. This article will give you some tips and tutorials to help you on your way. Some links in this article do go off-site, as a warning.Do I need a special program?
No! Something as simple as Microsoft Paint, Paint Shop Pro or the Gimp, all of which are free, are all you need to start with pixel art. Well, that and a mouse/touchpad (and a computer
). Photoshop can be used to pixel as well, but it is costly, so unless you plan to use Photoshop for a multitude of digital media, it isn't the best investment for pixel art.
Free downloads of MS Paint and Paint Shop Pro can be found here: [link]What are some useful Pixel techniques?
When it comes to shading, both dithering and anti-aliasing (often called AA-ing) are your best friends to get a smooth look. Dithering can also be used to add texture. And if you realize after shading that a colour looks off, colour replacement is a great tool in MS Paint to fix that.Colour replacement tutorial
by *bunnystickDithering Tutorials Anti-Aliasing Tutorials Are there pixel tutorials to teach me other skills?
Yes there are, from different textures to backgrounds. Here are a few that I thought were pretty helpful.
I hope that you found this to be helpful